Fundraising Tips

Fighting cancer is a cause that is easy to rally around and one that many people will gladly support. The Huntsman Cancer Institute is working hard to discover new ways to treat cancer, and 100% of the money you raise goes to fund lifesaving research. We want to be sure that we are doing everything we can to help you so you can make the largest impact possible.

1.  Make a List

Make a list of potential donors. Include everyone you know and send them each a personal note or email using your personal fundraising account page. We offer sample email templates to help you craft your email request for a donation. Start by making a donation yourself and ask others to match it!

2.  Ask Every Day

Ask one person each day to make a contribution. If you get five $20 gifts you will have raised $100 in less than a week! Cancer is an issue that affects us all, and most people are happy to donate – even in tough economic times. Don’t just assume the answer is no; give everyone the opportunity to be a part of the cause by making a tax-deductible donation.

3.  Make It Personal

When you have someone in your community you are raising in honor or memory of, it can be easier to inspire others to action. Let everyone know who you are raising money in honor of. A real-life story makes your fundraising personal.

4.  Talk It Up

Ask for a few minutes on the agenda of any meetings you’ll be attending. Explain why you are raising money for Huntsman Cancer Institute and ask for everyone’s support. If you are dedicating your efforts to someone who has cancer- tell that person’s story.

5.  Spread the Word

Social Media is a fun, fast, and easy way to turn friends, family, colleagues, and neighbors into donors. Think big and use your social media outlets to tap into a whole new network of people beyond just your immediate contacts. You’ll be surprised at the extra donations that can come in just by sharing your personal fundraising page on social media. #HeroForHope #IAmAHero


Hosting your own Event:

If your intended fundraising activity will include usage of any marks, logos, taglines, trademarks owned by Huntsman Cancer Institute, Huntsman Cancer Foundation, or the University of Utah, prior approval is required .  Please email Sally Montgomery ( before the event begins so that the appropriate information can be approved. If you are hosting your own event, please download and fill out this form and submit it to Sally Montgomery.


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